lundi 31 janvier 2011

Ecology of Animal Migration

International PhD-student course
Centre for Animal Movement Research,
Lund University

18 - 28 October 2011

Animals move across different spatial and temporal scales either as part of their daily life or as part of seasonal migrations to exploit resources in the environment. Well known examples are the global scale seasonal migrations in birds, sea turtles, fish and mammals, such as whales and wildebeests. Also movements at smaller scales occur, such as the vertical movements in plankton, the dispersal in soil collembolans and movements of pollinating insects. But what are the ecological causes and evolutionary consequences of animal movements?

During this two-week course you will get insight in a number of different methods and approaches to study the migration of birds, insects, fish, amphibians and mammals, ranging from experimental studies in the laboratory to tracking long-distance migration in wild animals. Lectures will be given by international authorities in the field as well as by researchers in the CAnMove Group at Lund University covering the following areas:

* Locomotion
* Bird Ringing
* Migration & Dispersal
* Orientation & Navigation
* Ecophysiology
* Genetics of Migration
* Migration & Population Ecology
* Evolution & Patterns of Migration
* Migration & Conservation
* Ecophysiology
* Modelling Migration

In addition to lectures, there will be time for own projects, an excursion to the bird migration station at Falsterbo, demonstrations of bird ringing and orientation experiments as well as tracking and radar techniques and a tour to the wind tunnel. During the time of the course we will also have literature seminars, and you will have ample opportunities for discussion and further gain experience in presenting your research to fellow students.

The course fee is: 3000 SEK

Application deadline 31 August 2011.
Maximum enrollment 40 persons.

Please use the following link to enlist:

Full Professor of Behavioural Ecology

Vacancy number WU-2011-HL001
Location Gelderland
Department Wageningen University
Function type Professors (associate and assistant) lecturers
Scientific field Agriculture and Natural Environment
Closing date for applications 28 February 2011

Job description
The chairholder in Behavioural Ecology will head a research group which studies the evolutionary causes of variation in behaviour among individuals, populations, and species. The research will focus on behaviour of animals in their natural environment, with a focus on the behavioural ecology of social interaction. The research group will also carry out research on animals kept in husbandry environments following research lines parallel to those in the natural environment.
The research will be characterized by an experimental approach, aimed to test hypotheses derived from theoretical models, and by a phenotypic approach of behavioural ecology. The research focuses on vertebrates. We expect an internationally recognized research program that involves theoretical modelling, experiments, and phenotypic characterization.
The professor will be responsible for the teaching of behavioural ecology and will contribute to the BSc and MSc programs of Animal Sciences, Biology, and Forest and Nature Conservation, and education of PhD-students. 
The person will initiate, lead, and supervise research in the field of behavioural ecology; acquire research funding; supervise BSc, MSc, and PhD students; and lead the chair group. The person will also be involved in the societal discussion on issues like animal welfare and nature conservation. 
We ask
• The candidate should have an international reputation and relevant academic education, including a PhD;
• proven didactic qualities and ability to inspire students;
• broad academic experience in behavioural ecology, as shown by publications in leading international journals, key note lectures at international meetings, and involvement in international scientific programs, societies, and journals; 
• a vision on the role and position of behavioural ecology research and education within the themes of Wageningen University;
• successful track record in acquisition of research funding; 
• skills for initiating, coordinating, and stimulating research;
• experience in the dissemination of results among both society and scientific media;
• willingness to participate in the societal debate;
• an integrative approach to research and education;
• proven managerial ability and communication skills;
• willingness to learn Dutch.

We offer a permanent contract, for 38 hours per week. Maximum salary is € 7,142 per month, based on full time employment, and depends on expertise and experience.

Additional information about the vacancy can be obtained from Prof. dr. E.W. Brascamp, chairman of the selection committee 
Telephone number +31 6 51074760
E-mail address:
Dr. H. van den Brand, secretary of the selection committee
Telephone number +31 317 48 17 88
E-mail address:
If you are interested please apply online (including your detailed curriculum vitae and a list of publications) before 1 March 2011, or send your application to Dr. H. van den Brand Adaptation Physiology Group
P.O Box 338
6700 AH Wageningen
The Netherlands

Please mention the vacancy number WU-2011-HL001 on both letter and envelope.

We are
The Department of Animal Sciences is responsible for research and education related to the health and welfare of animals. The primary focus is on the functioning of animals, both from a curiosity perspective and in relation to the various functions animals have for humans. With its 260 employees and around 1,200 students (BSc, MSc and PhD level) from all over the world, the Department of Animal Sciences works for both public authorities and the business community. The strength of the Department lies in its ability to join forces of specialised research areas within the Department as well as Wageningen University and other research institutes all over the world. This union of expertise leads to scientific breakthroughs that can quickly be put into practice and incorporated into education.
Wageningen University and Research Centre Delivering a substantial contribution to the quality of life. That's our focus – each and every day. Within our domain, healthy food and living environment, we search for answers to issues affecting society – such as sustainable food production, climate change and alternative energy. Of course, we don’t do this alone. Every day, 6,500 people work on ‘the quality of life’, turning ideas into reality, on a global scale.

Could you be one of these people? We give you the space you need. 
For further information about working at Wageningen UR, take a look at
Acquisition regarding this vacancy is not appreciated.

vendredi 28 janvier 2011

Research position in ethology

(Reference number: 2011/70)

There is a vacant, contemporary research position (100%) in ethology at the Department of Animal- and Aquacultural Sciences, Norwegian University of Life Sciences for around 3.5 years starting from 1st of April 2011.

The person hired will participate and have responsibility for experimental work involving both practical and theoretical research tasks on the recently funded EU-proposal KBBE.2010.1.3-03: “Development and integration of animal based welfare indicators in livestock species”. The main activities of the Ph.D. candidate will be associated with WP3: “Prenatal and early-postnatal environment, and animal welfare”, and the aim of the UMB part of WP 3 will be to examine the effects of different prenatal, social environments and social dynamics in flocks of adult goats on the survival, behavioural development and welfare of the offspring in goat kids. Furthermore, the candidate will be responsible for a smaller part of WP4: “Global Research School in Animal Welfare”. Professor Adroaldo J. Zanella is the project coordinator and head of the entire EU-project. Associate professor Inger Lise Andersen is the leader of WP3 and the part of WP3 that is the basis for the present position.

• The person hired needs to have a doctoral degree in ethology or behavioural biology
• Competence within one or more of the following ethological areas is preferred: social behaviour, ontogeny, prenatal effects, maternal behaviour and mother-young interactions
• Some familiarity with behavioural ecology is also considered an advantage
• The candidate should have some experience with and interest for teaching and knowledge about how to navigate in web-based systems because the position also includes some work to develop an international, web-based teaching program within animal welfare

Personal qualities:
• Team worker
• Good communication skills
• Interested in multidisciplinary work
• Highly motivated for this particular topic
• Creative and with a lot of initiative
• Analytical skills

The position is remunerated starting at level 57 on the Norwegian Government salary scale (gross annual salary approximately NOK 448 200). Increases in salary will be according to seniority rights. The position follows the Norwegian government pay scale and includes membership in the national pension plan (2% contribution).

More information
Questions should be directed to Inger Lise Andersen, phone: +47 64 96 51 71, e-mail:

Application including CV, copies of references and certificates documenting completed degrees, PhD thesis, and any other publications should be submitted electronically via the link: ‘Apply for this position’ by February 20th 2011.

Printed material that cannot be sent electronically should be sent in triplicate to Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Department of Animal and Aquacultural Sciences, P.O. Box 5003, N-1432 Aas, Norway. Quote reference number 11/70.

Applicants that are invited for interview must show officially certified copies of certificates and references.
In accordance with UMB’s personnel policy objectives that its staff should reflect the composition of the population in general, both with respect to gender and cultural diversity, women and persons with a minority ethnic background in particular are encouraged to apply.

jeudi 27 janvier 2011

Symposium d'Ethologie Vétérinaire

SEEVAD, Société Européenne d’Ethologie Vétérinaire des Animaux Domestiques est heureuse de vous annoncer le premier Symposium International d’Ethologie Vétérinaire qui aura lieu du 9 au 11 septembre au sein de l’Ecole Nationale Vétérinaire d’Alfort (Paris).
SEEVAD a pour objectif de stimuler les échanges entre les scientifiques investis dans la recherche clinique des troubles du comportement et les éthologues travaillant sur les animaux domestiques.
Le symposium consistera en plusieurs sessions de communications orales faisant suite à des conférences plénières. Par ailleurs, deux tables rondes seront organisées, une sur la réhabilitation des animaux de laboratoires et la seconde sur le thème du chien « dangereux » et de ses impacts.
L’appel à communication (orale et affichée) est maintenant ouvert. Nous vous invitons à prendre connaissances des modalités dans la suite du message. La date limite pour soumettre est le 30 mars 2011.

stage IHM et autisme, Fontenay-aux-Roses, fin : 15 fev. 2011

Le CEA LIST propose un stage dans le domaine de l'IHM. L’objectif principal de ce stage est de développer des patterns tactiles transmettant des émotions et de les évaluer avec leurs futurs utilisateurs (des enfants avec autisme et des enfants sans handicap). Ces messages tactiles seront utilisés dans le cadre d’un jeu sérieux visant l’amélioration des compétences émotionnelles d’enfants avec autisme (projet national JESTIMULE).
Les messages tactiles émotionnels seront développés sur des interfaces tactiles existantes. Le développement des patterns tactiles pourrait s’inspirer d’une batterie de messages existants dont l’acceptabilité a déjà été évaluée.
Quant à l’évaluation ergonomique, elle visera des dimensions telles que la compréhension des messages, l’acceptation par l’utilisateur et son expérience lors de l’interaction. Un autre aspect de l’évaluation et un autre objectif du stage est de travailler sur des méthodes ergonomiques pour l’évaluation des interfaces destinées à des enfants avec autisme.
Niveau : Bac + 5 - 3ème année d’école d’ingénieur – Master
Durée du stage : 6 mois
Gratification: oui
Domaines de spécialité requis :
Interaction Homme-Machine, Ergonomie, Psychologie

Margarita Anastassova
Laboratoire d'Interfaces Sensorielles et Ambiantes
18 route du Panorama
92265 Fontenay-aux-Roses Cedex
Tel: +33 1 46 54 92 99
Fax: +33 1 46 54 75 80
Email: margarita.anastassova [ à ]


A SMITHSONIAN POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP is available to assess the magnitude and relative impacts of anthropogenic causes of direct bird mortality in North America. This work will involve conducting a current and systematic review of available data on the direct mortality to bird populations of different anthropogenic threats and the application of a consistent framework and modeling process to extrapolate local data to broader scales with estimates of magnitude and uncertainty. The study will also provide the foundation for the future development of a central clearinghouse and comprehensive avian mortality database. Requirements include a Ph.D. in fundamental or applied ecological research and demonstrated expertise in quantitative methods (mathematical and statistical modeling). Competitive applicants will also be passionate about conservation science, have strong database management abilities, and have good communication skills, including a demonstrated ability to secure the cooperation of partners. The Postdoctoral Fellow will be based at the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center in Washington, DC and be mentored by Peter Marra (SI) and a USFWS Advisory Team (led by Tom Will). This two-year appointment starts as soon as a suitable candidate is found and includes a stipend of $47,000/year plus a $3,000 annual Health Insurance reimbursement. For more information and to apply, visit (URL:


Project description: Human impact in the global biosphere now controls many major facets of ecosystem function. One of the most striking man-made environmental changes is the existence and rapidly ongoing spread of urban areas. Human ecological impact has enormous evolutionary consequences as well and can greatly accelerate evolutionary change in the species around us. Anecdotal observations and recent studies suggest that urbanization does not only affect the overall species composition and certain aspects of the phenology but may also change the behaviour of individuals thriving in urban areas. The aim of this project is to investigate effects of urbanization on the behaviour of European blackbirds (Turdus merula) in their natural habitat. Fieldwork (including behavioral experiments and radio-telemetry) will be carried out in the areas of Munich and Raisting, in Bavaria. 
Requirements: We are looking for an enthusiastic person, who is interested in behavioural ecology, physiology and evolution, with good organizational skills, able to work independently as well as in a team (field experience with birds is advantageous), who would like to take this unique opportunity to do field work at the well-equipped Max-Planck-Institute for Ornithology, Vogelwarte Radolfzell. During field work the applicant must be willing to spend most of the day in the field, sometimes with cold weather, and sometimes in weekends. Therefore, a strong attitude towards field work is essential. 
Appointment: Starting date is Mar 2011 or later. The field work should end in Jul 2011. 
Information and Applications: Additional information about this study is available upon request to Catarina Miranda (see below). 
More general information about the Max-Planck-Institute for Ornithology can be found on our website (URL: Please send us your application until 15 Feb 2011. Interviews will take place in the last week of Feb. Contact: CATARINA MIRANDA (EM:, Department of Migration and Immuno-ecology, Max-Planck-Institute for Ornithology, Vogelwarte Radolfzell, Schlossallee 2, 78315 Radolfzell, Germany.

Offre de thèse - urgent

PhD in Animal Ecology - Influence of climatic fluctuations on Common Eider life history and population dynamics: variation within and between populations.

Project description
In the context of global warming, understanding the response of wildlife to climatic fluctuations is crucial. To date, most studies examining the impact of changing climate on wildlife have focused on the response of a single population. However, heterogeneity among populations may exist, which could affect our understanding of climate change consequences. Moreover, heterogeneity in the way individuals react to changes in climatic conditions (i.e. their phenotypic plasticity) is also critical to understand how populations may cope with a warming climate. Consequently, to understand and predict wildlife response to ongoing climate changes, it is necessary to understand and take into account both differences among populations and among individuals.
The goals of this project are (1) to assess and understand the responses to changing climatic and oceanographic conditions at the individual and population level, and (2) compare the responses among three populations of an Arctic breeding seabird, the Common Eider Duck Somateria mollissima. The Common eider is a seaduck known to be sensitive to climatic conditions. It has a circumpolar distribution breeding mainly on small islands in Arctic and boreal marine areas in Alaska, Canada, Greenland, Iceland, Western Europe (Norway), and the Barents Sea region. The project is based on long‐term longitudinal individual data (>15 years) collected in three Arctic or sub‐Arctic populations (Svalbard, Norway; Southampton Island, Canada; Grindøya, Norway). Statistical and mathematical modeling will permit to assess the effect of climate among and within these populations using capture‐ recapture data and population counts, and understand the demographic processes by which climate may affect population using matrix models. An experimental manipulation of the temperature experienced by female eiders during incubation is also planned.

The project will be done in collaboration with Stéphanie Jenouvrier (WHOI‐USA, CNRSFrance), Joël Bêty (UQAR, Canada), Kjell‐Einar Erikstad (NINA, Norway), Geir W. Gabrielsen (NPI, Norway), Grant Gilchrist (Environment Canada), Oliver Love (U. Windsor, Canada), Mark Forbes (U. Carleton, Canada) and Sébastien Descamps (NPI, Tromsø). The main location will likely be in Canada but this may be discussed with the candidate (a location in USA, France or Norway is also possible). In any case, regular trips to Tromsø (Norway) and Boston (USA) are expected. Fieldwork in the different eider populations is also strongly encouraged.

Start : as soon as possible (ideally, before May 2011)
Salary: annual scholarship between 17000 and 20000 CAD for 3 years.
Qualifications : The candidate should have strong skills in statistics and modelling (e.g., survival modelling based on capture‐mark‐recapture data, matrix models, time‐series analyses). English will be the main language of communication, thus fluent English is essential. Good leadership as well as the ability to work in collaboration with different teams is also required.
To apply, send before February 20th, 2011 a CV, the name and coordinates of 2 references and a short letter of motivation (1 page, in english) including some examples of questions that you would like to develop during the course of this PhD to :
Sébastien Descamps ‐ Norwegian Polar Institute
Polar Environmental Centre, 9296 Tromsø, Norway

mardi 25 janvier 2011

Recrutement 2011 - IRD

J'ai le plaisir de vous informer de l'ouverture de la campagne de recrutement par concours des Chercheurs 2011 à l'Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD).

Les dossiers de candidature, accompagnés d'un guide d'information, sont téléchargeables sur le site Internet de l'IRD - - jusqu'au 24 février 2011 inclus.

Je vous remercie de bien vouloir adresser votre dossier de candidature à l'attention de M. Christophe CHAMBON, Directeur des Ressources Humaines Adjoint, à l'adresse suivante :

Institut de Recherche pour le Développement Le Sextant
44 boulevard de Dunkerque
CS 90009

Troubles du Contrôle des Impulsions , Bron

Romuald GIRARD (romuald.girard [ à ] propose une expérience

- Dédommagement : oui 60 euro
- Dates de l'expérience : Plusieurs dates sont actuellement disponible

- Description de l'expérience :
Le but de cette étude est de déterminer le rôle de la L-Dopa et de ses agonistes sur les Troubles du Contrôle des Impulsions (TCI) observés chez certains patients atteints par la maladie de Parkinson. Plus précisément, cette recherche vise à répondre à plusieurs questions, et notamment : 
- Quels sont les mécanismes neurophysiopathologiques impliquées dans les différentes formes d’impulsivité et la prise de décision chez les patients parkinsoniens comportant des TCI ?
- Comment sont modulées les régions cérébrales impliquées dans les TCI par le traitement L-DOPA ?
- Comment la L-DOPA agit-elle sur l’impulsivité et la prise de décision chez les patients parkinsoniens souffrant de TCI et chez ceux ne souffrant pas de TCI ?
- Dans quelles régions du cerveau la stimulation dopaminergique agit-elle pour induire des addictions chez les patients parkinsoniens ?

- Conditions :
Sujets contrôles (hommes, droitiers, de 45 à 60 ans) sans antécédents psychiatriques et neurologiques seront appariés avec les sujets parkinsoniens.

- Lieu de déroulement :
Institut des Sciences Cognitives
67, boulevard Pinel
69675 BRON cedex

- Laboratoire :
Centre de neurosciences cognitives (CNC) UMR 5229

- Personne à contacter :
GIRARD Romuald

La prise de rendez-vous avec le chercheur/la chercheuse vous engage à assister à l'expérience. Tout rendez-vous non honoré impliquera la suppression de vos coordonnées de la liste des volontaires. Merci pour votre compréhension.

Two PhDs: Functional genomics and behaviour of ants, Regensburg

Two PhD positions (TVL-13/2)available from summer 2011 for 3 years for research on functional genomics and behavior of ants at LS Biologie I, Universität Regensburg, Germany (

Applicants need to hold a diploma or MSc degree in biology, biochemistry or bioinformatics and should have solid experience with molecular / genomic / bioinformatic methodology and /or behavioral analyses.

Working language at Biologie I is English, but proficiency in German language would be helpful, as all doctoral students are supposed to take part in supervising students during internships and seminars.

Doctoral students will have to enrol in Regensburg International Graduate School of Life Sciences, RIGeL ( RIGeL offers a well-structured PhD program designed to train its students in scientific methodology and thinking. At the same time it wants to help them in developing soft skills like self-confidence, discipline, tolerance, team orientation, flexibility, and responsibility.

Please send your CV, a one page motivation letter, and one or two letters of support from previous supervisors by February 28, 2011 by mail or e-mail to:
Prof. Dr. Jürgen Heinze
Biologie I
Universität Regensburg
93040 Regensburg, Germany

Postdoc, University of Toronto, Dept. of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

***Reminder: Review of applications for the Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Toronto will begin on Feb. 1, 2011***

The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Toronto invites applications for Departmental Postdoctoral Fellowships in the areas of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, broadly defined. One position is available this year, and we expect that another will become available next year through an ongoing EEB Postdoctoral Fellowship Program. Positions may continue for two years, subject to review after one year, and can begin as early as July 1, 2011. The salary starts at $40,000 per year, with research expenses covered by the Postdoctoral Advisor.

The Fellow will be a fully participating member in the Department. Candidates must identify and communicate with a potential advisor (or advisors) in advance of the application process. All full-time faculty members at the St. George (downtown) campus of the University of Toronto are eligible to serve as advisors (see for a list of potential supervisors). Opportunities for teaching in an upper level course may be available, if the candidate wishes to teach. 

To apply, applicants should first contact and obtain the agreement of a faculty advisor (or co-advisors). Afterwards, applicants should submit a cover letter clearly indicating the proposed faculty advisor(s), a curriculum vitae, copies of 2 publications, and a short (1-3 pages) description of past research accomplishments and future research plans. Applicants should include names and e-mail addresses of two potential referees. Applicants should also indicate the date they will be available to begin the position. All application materials must be submitted as PDF’s in a single email to: Elizabeth Rentzelos. Review of applications will begin on Feb. 1, 2011.

The University of Toronto is a leading academic institution in Canada with over 60 faculty members specializing in ecology and evolution. Strong links exist between the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and the Royal Ontario Museum, the Centre for Global Change, the Centre for Environment, and the Faculty of Forestry. The University owns a nearby field station dedicated to ecological research (the Koffler Scientific Reserve, The department also has a partnership with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources that helps provide access to infrastructure, including lab facilities in Algonquin Provincial Park (, funding, and long-term data sets. Genomic analyses are supported by the Centre for the Analysis of Genome Evolution and Function ( 

Megan Frederickson
Assistant Professor
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
University of Toronto
25 Harbord Street
Toronto, Ontario, M5S 3G5, Canada

Postdoctoral Position

TITLE: Postdoctoral Associate
DURATION: Full-time. One year position with possible extension.

DUTIES: A postdoctoral position is available at The Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook NY with a multi-disciplinary team investigating how urbanization alters ecosystem functions that regulate mosquito production, especially of species that transmit disease-causing agents. Field work will be located at the Baltimore Ecosystem Study LTER inBaltimore, MD.

BACKGROUND: Ph.D., with a strong background in aquatic invertebrate ecology and proven experience in two or more of the following: invertebrate emergence production, mosquito ecology, and hierarchical Bayesian statistics.

CLOSING DATE: June 1, 2011

ORIGINATOR: Dr. Shannon L. LaDeau

TO APPLY: To apply, please send a brief cover letter, resume, and the names and full contact information (including email addresses) for three professional references to:

Human Resources
Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies
Job Ref. #11003-I
P.O. Box AB
Millbrook, New York 12545

concours CR INRA – poste en écologie comportementale et génétique CEFS (Toulouse)

Suite à l’ouverture des postes de chargés de recherche à l’INRA (concours 2011 ), je voudrais attirer votre attention sur un poste en écologie comportementale et marqueurs moléculaires qui s’ouvre dans notre unité (

Nous souhaitons recruter un Chargé de Recherche en écologie comportementale qui combine les données recueillies au laboratoire (observations directes et localisations par télémétrie) avec des marqueurs moléculaires pour étudier les pressions de sélection qui s’exercent sur le comportement des grands herbivores sauvages et ouvrir de nouvelles perspectives dans les relations des animaux avec leur environnement, dont la composante anthropique. La personne utilisera des marqueurs neutres et des marqueurs sélectionnés pour approfondir la compréhension du comportement et ses déterminants génétiques. Le thème de recherche précis est ouvert mais pourra se bâtir à partir des problématiques développées dans notre équipe sur la sélection sexuelle, les stratégies d’histoire de vie, ou encore la dispersion.

Le/la candidat(e) aura un doctorat ou équivalent. L’utilisation de marqueurs moléculaires en écologie comportementale est souhaitée. Les modalités du concours sont présentées sur le site INRA ( A noter que les dossiers de candidature sont à déposer au plus tard le 24 février 2011. Les candidats sont invités à prendre contact avec le laboratoire d’accueil avant le dépôt de leur candidature.

Je vous remercie d’avance de transmettre cette annonce à tout candidat potentiel. Pour tout complément d’information sur le profil ou les modalités du recrutement vous pouvez contacter :


Tel: 05 61 28 51 23


CEFS Comportement et Ecologie de la Faune Sauvage



Volunteer research assistant: Ecology and social behavior of howling monkeys in Palenque, Mexico

Hiring Organization:
Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM)

Date Posted:

Position Description:
We are looking for volunteers to assist in projects studying the social system and ecology of black howler monkeys (Alouatta pigra) at Palenque National Park, Mexico. Volunteers will assist in two simultaneously running projects:

(1) Social and genetic factors mediating individual participation in naturally occurring howling bouts and group defense in black howler monkeys (by Dr. S. Van Belle)
(2) Seed dispersal by black howler monkeys and dung beetles and tropical rainforest regeneration in Palenque (by Dr. A. Estrada and David Munoz, PhD student)

An additional complimentary field project will start in July:

3) Medium and large sized terrestrial mammals in Palenque National Park and in protected and unprotected forest fragments in the vicinity (by Dr. Alejandro Estrada and Diana Flores, MSci. Student)

You will assist in these projects. If needed, you will participate on a rotating basis. Training will be provided, but you can also choose to focus on only one field project. Participation is also geared to meet academic requirements at your institution of origin e.g. practicum, academic internship, thesis. If this might be the case, contact Dr. Alejandro Estrada (

Specific tasks you will participate in:

Project 1: Social and genetic factors mediating individual participation in naturally occurring howling bouts and group defense in black howler monkeys (by Dr. S. Van Belle)

Study site: Palenque National Park
1. Collecting of behavioral observations and scan samples on howling monkey groups in Palenque National Park.
2. GPS recording of ranging patterns of the howler monkey groups under observations.
3. Data entering in computer databases

Project 2: Seed dispersal by black howler monkeys and dung beetles and tropical rainforest regeneration in Palenque (by Dr. A. Estrada and David Munoz, PhD student)

Study sites: Palenque National Park and 6 forest fragments in its vicinity
1. Collection of dung beetles attracted to howler monkey dung using baited pitfall traps.
2. Germination experiments for seeds dispersed by the howler monkeys and for control seeds (collected from fresh fruits)
3. Seed predation experiments on seeds dispersed by howler monkeys using camera-traps
4. Vegetation data collection: census of vegetation at the study sites – to be done only once
5. Data entering in computer databases

Project 3: Medium and large size terrestrial mammals in Palenque National Park and in protected and unprotected forest fragments in the vicinity (by Dr. Alejandro Estrada and Diana Flores, MSci. Student)

Study sites: Palenque National Park and 6 forest fragments in the vicinity
1. Nocturnal and diurnal visual census of terrestrial mammals using line transects
2. Setting up camera-traps, sand-traps and monitoring captures every 15 days
3. Data entering in computer databases

Resting periods: resting days will be scheduled regularly as part of the field work program.

The qualifications we are looking for in a research assistant are:
-Be physically fit, and capable of undertaking fieldwork in hot/humid conditions.
-Be capable of team work and not have issues with authority figures.
-Have a background in biology/anthropology/zoology/psychology or a relate field.
-Be interested in the behavior, ecology, conservation of primate and other mammal species of tropical rainforests
-Be hardworking, disciplined in following field procedures and be reliable.
-Some knowledge of animal behavior and data collection preferred but not required.
-Enjoy being outdoors and experiencing the tropical rainforest.
-Enjoy being in the culture of southeast Mexico

No salary will be provided.

Support provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging):
Assistants will be responsible for airfare/transportation to and from Palenque town and for food costs. Lodging will be provided by the field project in a comfortable fully equipped house (electricity, hot water, high speed internet, bunk beds, two bathrooms with showers, a large living room kitchen area) about 2 km from Palenque National Park. The town of Palenque is only 2 km away where banking, additional telephone services, hospitals, supermarkets, drugstores and others are available.

Term of Appointment:
3 - 12 months or more starting May 2011

Application Deadline:

To apply, please email a recent copy of your CV and send a letter of motivation describing your research interests and experience, and your availability for this position.

Note on contingencies: Volunteers should be covered by medical insurance when traveling to Mexico. They will need to sign a releasing liability form upon joining the research team in Palenque.

Contact Information:
Dr. Alejandro Estrada
Field Research Station Los Tuxtlas-UNAM


Dr. Sarie Van Belle
Dept. of Anthropology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Contact Information:
Sarie Van Belle


E-mail Address:

Ph.D position for veterinarian: Health monitoring of wild chimpanzees

Hiring Organization:
Max-Planck-Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany

Position Description:
We are looking for a veterinarian for a PhD (or similar) project on health monitoring in wild chimpanzees of the Taï National Park, Ivory Coast.
The project will be carried out in the context of the long-term project on the Taï chimpanzees under the supervision of Prof. Christophe Boesch, Max-Planck-Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany. The health component of the project is executed in collaboration with Dr. Fabian Leendertz of the Robert Koch-Institute in Berlin.
The candidate will be responsible for sample collection and preservation as well as disease outbreak response including necropsies. A specific project including sample collection and analyses on site will be the basis for a PhD (or similar) project.

The work schedule will include:
1) Preparation (approx. 2 month):
a) Writing of an research proposal
b) Laboratory training at Robert Koch Institute
2) Two years of field work in the Taï National Park, Ivory Coast (Interrupted by some first analyses between the 2 years)
3) Analyses at the Robert Koch-Institute and the Max-Planck-Institute
4) Thesis writing and publication of results

We invite applications from all countries. Applicants hold a degree in veterinary sciences. The field work requires good physical condition, the ability to work independently and involves some management work. Good oral French and spoken and written English language skills are required. Work experience in the tropics is advantageous but not mandatory.

The candidate will be supported by a stipend.

Term of Appointment:
~ 3 years

Application Deadline:
The evaluation process will start immediately and applications will be accepted until position is filled.

Applications including a cover letter stating research experience and interests, detailed curriculum vitae, and the names and e-mail addresses of two referees should be sent electronically.

Field work at Côte d’Ivoire might be delayed due to the current political situation, but the applicant will start laboratory training at the RKI in Berlin upon acceptance.

Contact Information:
Grit Schubert
Nordufer 20
Berlin, none 13353

Telephone Number:
++49 (0)30 - 18754-2592

Fax Number:
++49 (0)30 - 18754-2181


E-mail Address:

lundi 24 janvier 2011

L'Inra recrute 53 chercheurs

L’Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (Inra) est un organisme public de recherche scientifique finalisée, réunissant plus de 10 000 agents sur l’ensemble du territoire national. Premier institut de recherche agronomique en Europe, ses recherches concernent les questions liées à l'agriculture, à l'alimentation et à la sécurité des aliments, à l'environnement et à la gestion des territoires, avec un accent tout particulier en faveur du développement durable.

L’Inra renforce ses équipes de recherche afin d'accomplir ses différentes missions et de contribuer à l'excellence scientifique en agriculture, alimentation et environnement. Quelle que soit leur discipline de formation, les chercheurs s’appuient sur des activités de laboratoire ou de 'terrain'. Impliqués dans des réseaux scientifiques, ils répondent à des questions environnementales, économiques, sociales. En visant l’excellence, ils découvrent et font naître des applications concrètes, utiles à la société. Recherche personnelle et projet collectif s’imbriquent alors étroitement pour faire progresser les connaissances et pour participer au développement de l’innovation, qu’il s’agisse de produire durablement, de préserver l’environnement ou d’améliorer l’alimentation humaine.

En 2011, l'Inra recrute 53 chercheurs par voie de concours. Ces recrutements sont ouverts dans des disciplines scientifiques très variées telles que la biochimie, la biologie, la génétique, l'écologie, la génomique, les mathématiques, la physiologie, la microbiologie, l'économie, les sciences forestières, les sciences de l'environnement, la sociologie, les sciences des productions animales, l'informatique, la chimie, les neurosciences, l'entomologie, les statistiques, la virologie et bien d'autres encore…

Les concours sont ouverts aux candidats français ou étrangers titulaires d'un doctorat ou équivalent.
Les inscriptions sont ouvertes jusqu'au 24 février 2011.

Toutes les informations utiles pour candidater (profils, guides du candidat, dossiers de candidature) sont disponibles sur le site Web de l’Inra :

dimanche 23 janvier 2011

Postdoctoral position in zebrafish neurophysiology, University of Florida

Job description: A position is open for a postdoctoral researcher experienced in intracellular electrophysiology and interested in zebrafish neuroscience. The project will focus on characterizing the organization and function of lateral line afferent neurons in vivo by combining electrophysiology with transgenic lines expressing fluorescent and photo-convertible proteins.

This five year, NIH RO1 funded position offers a rare opportunity to explore the function of a tractable vertebrate circuit in a model genetic organism. Applicants must be comfortable with electrophysiological techniques and continue to demonstrate a productive record of publication in peer-reviewed journals.

Minimum requirements: Qualified applicants should have a Ph.D. in neuroscience or a related field.

Preferred qualifications: Two years experience in whole cell patch clamp electrophysiology and confocal imaging is highly desirable.

Special instructions to applicants: The position is available immediately and will remain open until filled. Please provide your C.V. with publication list, list of three academic references and a one-page statement of your research interests.

Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

James C. Liao, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Biology
University of Florida
Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience
9505 Ocean Shore Blvd.
St. Augustine, FL 32080

Postdoctoral fellowship in avian sensory biology, Lund University

We are looking for a motivated person to work on the behavioural and physiological mechanisms of magnetic compass orientation and polarized light sensitivity in birds. The experimental part of the research will be carried out at Stensoffa Ecological Field Station outside of Lund, where we have built up state-of-the-art facilities to study magnetic orientation in migratory birds and spatial orientation by magnetic or polarized light cues in a model species (zebra finch). The successful candidate is expected to carry out and further develop behavioural experiments at the front line of the research field, and expand this research towards the integration of physiological and neurobiological approaches.

Office place will be located with the Lund Vision Group at the Department of Biology in Lund, where the successful candidate is expected to actively participate in the seminar activities at the department level, as well as in the Lund Vision Group, the Migration Ecology Group and in activities organized by the Linné Center of Animal Movement Research (CAnMove).

The candidate must have been awarded a Ph.D. degree, providing experience in one of the following research areas: behavioural neuroscience, animal spatial cognition, animal orientation and navigation, sensory biology and/or behavioural ecology. The main criterion for assessment will be well-documented research skills and expertise in one or several of these areas. Experience with handling and house-keeping birds is an advantage, but not necessary. A driver’s license and the willingness to acquire a car is necessary.

The application must include

* A complete and signed CV and a copy of the Ph.D. degree transcript
* A list of publications (with DOI links where possible)
* Two letters of reference

Please use the online application system at:

Review of applications will start 10 January 2011, until a suitable candidate is found.

For information on the position, please contact Dr. Rachel Muheim (tel. +46 46 222 31 93 or e-mail; homepage:

Lund University is one of Europe’s foremost universities and Sweden’s strongest for research. Here, tradition combines with dynamic development and cutting edge qualifications. Our extensive activities cover education, research and innovation in the areas of technology, science, law, social sciences, economics, medicine, humanities, theology, art, music and theatre. 46,000 students study at the university, which has 6,000 employees, mainly in Lund, Malmö and Helsingborg. The university is an elected member of two prominent international networks, the League of European Research Universities (LERU) and Universitas 21; it is one of nine higher education institutions within the Öresund University. We have agreements with over 600 partner universities in about fifty countries around the world.

At the Faculty of Science, research and education is carried out in the fields of mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, computer science, earth sciences and environmental sciences. The Faculty is home to 9 Departments, gathered in the north of the University campus. Around 1,700 undergraduate students, 440 PhD students and 800 employees are active within the Faculty.

Type of employment: Limit of tenure, one year
Extent: 100%
Location: Department of Biology, Lund
First day of employment: As soon as possible
Official Records Number: NPA 2010/491

Postdoc position in community ecology at Stanford University

A postdoctoral fellow position is available in the Fukami Lab at Stanford University ( The successful candidate will conduct laboratory and field research on the community assembly of nectar-living yeasts. There will be opportunities to develop independent and collaborative research. Experience in fungal molecular ecology (using RFLP, TRFLP or qPCR) and/or one or more of the following fields is desirable: experimental evolution, molecular genetics, pollination biology, avian ecology, plant chemical ecology. Initial appointment will be for one year, with the possibility of extension for one or two additional years, contingent on funding availability. Start date is preferably May 2011, but flexible. To apply, please e-mail a cover letter, CV, and names and contact information of three references as a single pdf to Tadashi Fukami (, with the subject line as « Postdoc application name>« . Review of applications will begin on February 15, 2011, and continue until a suitable candidate is identified. Informal inquiries prior to application are welcome.

Field Assistants Needed for Amphibian Project in Thailand

Position: Full time, temporary field assistants
Duration: July 1st to October 31st, 2011
Location: Sakaerat Environmental Research Station (Northern Thailand)
Application deadline: until filled

Job Description:
2-3 field assistant positions are available as a part of behavioral and reproductive ecology research on amphibians in the tropical evergreen forests in Thailand. The project focuses on the parental care behavior of treefrogs and interactions between various pond-breeding species.

Assistants will be based at the Sakaerat Station for the duration of the field season, which is located within the Sakaerat Biosphere Reserve. Access to society outside of the station will be minimal, though there will be weekly grocery trips into town and occasional trips to the city. The station will have electricity, running water (usually cold water only), and internet access depending on the weather. Meals will be cooked in turns by the researchers and assistants. During the season, days-off will be limited and assistants will have roughly 1 day off every week, though must be flexible with schedules as the nature of the work depends on the animals.
This is a good opportunity for someone looking to get experience in field work and exploring SE Asia, with the chance to make connections with researchers in tropical ecology and herpetology. The position is best suited for to a mature, upper-level undergraduate or recent graduate who is considering advanced study or professional work in ecological studies.
If time permits, assistants will have the opportunities to develop their own project and/or assist in other projects within the research group from National Singapore University or collaborating researchers from Hong Kong University.
Good physical condition, and able to work long and/or odd hours in humid weather
and often in ponds; ability to work and live cooperatively with others; willingness and flexibility to work for consecutive days with little time or days-off in between and limited access to the outside; desire to live in a foreign country with different customs for extended periods. Previous experience in field work required.

Room and board and local transportations within Thailand will be provided. Field assistants are responsible for all other expenses, including flights to/from Thailand.

To Apply:
Please submit a cover letter briefly detailing relevant interest and experience, CV and a list of 3 references to s h e i l a p o o @ g m a i l . c o m . Please write explicitly to confirm ability to cover own expenses to/from Bangkok and availability from July 1st to Oct 31st. Hiring will begin immediately and positions will remain open until filled.

For additional information, please see

Thank you!

Sheila (Sinlan Poo)
Graduate Student
The Evolutionary Ecology and Conservation Lab
Department of Biological Sciences
National University of Singapore
14 Science Drive 4, Block S3
Singapore 117543

Nancy E. Karraker, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Environmental Science
School of Biological Sciences
University of Hong Kong
Hong Kong, China
Phone: +852-2299-0675 (lab:0621)

Importance of downed wood as a habitat resource for small mammal populations

Dead wood, including downed wood and standing dead trees (snags), is recognized as a key resource for forest biodiversity. Unfortunately, it is a resource that is threatened by forest management activities, which often result in a reduction in dead wood supplies over time. Recent developments highlight the possibility of an intensification of this threat due to increased interest in wood as a renewable biofuel. In order to guide the development of sustainable practices, information is required on thresholds of dead wood supply (i.e., how much is enough?) and on the identification of indicator species. This research project will focus on responses of boreal small mammal populations to variation in downed wood supplies, with a focus on a key indicator species, the red-backed vole. Research will involve several activities: 1) live-trapping of small mammals in a series of plots in which downed wood supplies vary, including a series of plots that were the focus of experimental manipulation of downed wood supplies and 2) behavioural ecology of small mammal species through the use of radio telemetry and feeding stations to investigate the costs and benefits of downed wood in the context of competitive interactions.

Prof. Jay R. Malcolm’s Lab, University of Toronto

Contact: Prof. Jay R. Malcolm,, 416-978-0142


profil de Chargé de Recherche 2nd classe ouvert à l’Inra d’Avignon

Veuillez prendre note de ce profil de Chargé de Recherche 2nd classe ouvert à l’Inra d’Avignon sur un poste du Département Santé des Plantes et Environnement : Caractérisation des mortalités d’abeilles. Interactions entre pathogènes et autres stresseurs. Approches du niveau moléculaire à colonial.

Informations :

Yves Le Conte
Directeur de Recherche INRA
Directeur de l’UMR 406 Abeilles et Environnement
Site Agroparc, Domaine St Paul
84914 Avignon Cedex 9
Tel: 33 (0)4 32 72 26 01 (ou 26 27)
Fax: 33 (0)4 32 72 26 02

8 Research positions availabe

Opportunities for research positions at Doñana Biological Station, Spain (EBD-CSIC).

A recent Grant Agreement between Doñana Biological Station (EBD-CSIC, Sevilla, Spain) ( and the EU (Capacities Programme) includes the contracting of 8 researchers in three different areas.

EBD-CSIC invites applications for eight research positions (PhD degree is required) under the 7th Framework Programme- European Project ECOGENES „Adapting to Global Change in the Mediterranean hotspot: from genes to ecosystems‰. The jobs are in the framework of Genomics (2 positions), Ecological Modelling (3 positions, 1 with a more general profile for bioinformatics) and Ecophysiology (3 positions, two of them for avian physiology and one for stable isotope analysis). The characteristics of the offered positions, the scientists responsible of each area, and the candidate‚s profiles can be consulted in:

Duration of the positions is 30 months/person, starting tentatively in April or May 2011. Successful candidates will be fully participating members of the relevant Department at Doñana Biological Station; they will be expected to participate in running projects, fundraising as well as dissemination and support in their respective areas of expertise.
Interested candidates can contact the project coordinator (Juan José Negro, and send him before mid February 2011, in advance of the official application process: a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, and a short (1-3 pages) description of past research accomplishments and future research plans.

PhD Studentship: What makes a winning team? Tests of collective performance in animal groups

4-Year PhD Studentship
What makes a winning team? Tests of collective performance in animal groups

One way that animal groups cope with uncertainty in their environment (i.e. where resources and threats do not change predictably in time or space) is to draw upon one another's particular expertise or information. For instance, we know that summing information possessed by individual group-members can increase the "collective cognition" of groups; a concept which has attracted much attention in the media and been termed "the wisdom of crowds". Larger and/or more diverse groups may also contain individuals with different skills and experiences, which increase the chances of a group solving a given task. We now have a number of mathematical models that make clear predictions about how group size, and individual diversity of information impacts on collective performance of animal groups. This PhD studentship, supervised by Drs Andrew King and Andrew Spence (RVC), and Dr Andrea Manica (University of Cambridge) will test models of collective performance, and delineate the exact conditions under which groups follow an informed leader or aggregate information across group members when faced with simple foraging choices. Experiments will be primarily conducted in the laboratory, using stickleback fish (Gasterosteus spp.), and their performance tracked in real-time using sophisticated video-tracking software. There will also be opportunity for conducting similar experiments with sheep flocks and human crowds. Suitable candidates should hold a first degree in biological or veterinary sciences, and show an enthusiasm for attacking a variety of fundamental behavioural and evolutionary research questions.

* Harcourt, J.L., Sweetman, G., Manica, A., & Johnstone, R.A. (2010) Pairs of fish resolve conflicts over coordinated movement by taking turns. Current Biology 20: 156-160
* King, A. J., Johnson, D. D. P. & Van Vugt, M. (2009) The origins and evolution of leadership. Current Biology 19: 911-916.
* Katsikopoulos, K. & King, A. J. (2010) Swarm intelligence in animal groups: When can a collective out-perform an expert? PLoS one. 5(11): e15505.

Dr Andrew King (
Dr Andrew Spence (
Dr Andrea Manica (

The application deadline is 11 February 2011.

Please contact Dr Andrew King ( with any questions or queries.
To apply, please follow the instructions on the RVC website:

( advert:

Research associate with opportunity for a PhD-project in Psychology 2011-2013

Differential and Personality Psychology in Primates
Freie Universität Berlin, Department of Psychology, Germany

Position: 2,5-year research assistant position 50% BAT IIa (German pay scale). Yearly salary is approx. 18.000 Euro. Expenses for travels and stays abroad for data collection will be reimbursed.
Start: preferably Febuary/ March 2011

Individual-specific patterns of behaviour (personality differences) are increasingly studied in nonhuman primates, but systematic descriptions and categorisations are still lacking for many species. We seek to develop such descriptions for several simian and great ape species using non-invasive behaviour tests and observations, and sophisticated methodological and statistical approaches. More information and pertinent publications are available at

Job description
You will be based at Freie Universität Berlin, an internationally renowned network university, where you will have the opportunity to learn highly developed methodological approaches, statistics, techniques for recording and coding behaviour, and to write a PhD thesis. Work will include active engagement in an international and multidisciplinary research team including Dr. Jana Uher, Freie Universität Berlin and Dr. Elisabetta Visalberghi, CNR laboratory in Rome, Italy. Your tasks will be to develop non-invasive behavioural tests and observation schemes, to use them to collect behavioural data in captive Capuchin monkeys from collaborating research institutions in Europe, to apply psychometric statistic analyses, prepare scientific publications, and help building an international and interdisciplinary research network.

Excellent Diploma, Masters, or equivalent university degree in psychology.
We are looking for an enthusiastic and highly motivated research associate who is interested in differential and personality psychology, comparative psychology, behavioural sciences, and primate research. Profound background in methods and statistics, experience with or deep interest in behavioural measurement and primates; and excellent knowledge of English are required. Applicants are expected to read all information and research articles available at the project website. If shortlisted for interviews, they will be asked questions about these articles. Applicants are also expected to travel and stay abroad temporarily, be capable of independent analytical thinking, be self-organised, efficient, be responsible in their work, and engage actively in a multidisciplinary team. The working language is English; knowledge of or willingness to learn elementary Italian and German is required.

Application procedure
Applicants should submit a letter summarising their motivation, research interests and relevant experience, a complete CV, proof of degree and relevant qualifications, a list of publications (if any), and the names of two possible referees including their e-mail addresses. The letter should be submitted electronically as a single *.pdf file.
Additionally, please send as separate *.pdf files your thesis (Diploma/ Master/
equivalent) and (if available) previous publications to: jana.uher (at)

First deadline for applications is 24 January 2011.

Questions may be addressed to:
Dr. Jana Uher (Head)
Research group "Comparative Differential and Personality Psychology"
Freie Universität Berlin, Department of Psychology
Habelschwerdter Allee 45, JK 25/ 121f
14195 Berlin, Germany
Tel. +49-30-838 55 600
Tel. +49-30-838 55 789